I began my teaching career in 1989, in California where my husband was stationed in the Air Force. We have three beautiful children. My oldest, Stephanie, is a lawyer for the Prosecuting Attorney's Office in Cleveland, Ohio. My son, Nickolas, graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a marketing publicity degree and works for Benham Design, LLC. My youngest, Brooke, also graduated from the Academy of Contemporary Music Program through UCO. She is currently working at Rustic Cuff, singing at live venues and portraying princesses at children's parties.
I have taught grades 3rd, 5th, and 6th and I'm currently teaching gifted education, which I absolutely love! "The great difference between the real leader and the pretender is that the one sees into the future, while the other regards only the present; the one lives by the day and acts upon expediency; the other acts on enduring principles and for the immortality." This quote by Edmund Burke defines my vision and role as a teacher. I strive to teach my students leadership skills that will be useful to them for the rest of their lives. I want my students to be visionaries; to obtain information about our world, to think critically, and to exchange differing ideas. I endeavor to produce competent students who are well informed and thoughtful problem solvers.
Besides teaching at Fisher, I have been a Peer Facilitator for the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute since 2001. This means I get to travel to Williamsburg, Virginia and teach teachers to apply what they learn at the institute in their regular classrooms. I was also trained for the Colonial Williamsburg Master Teacher Program and I write curriculum for them as well as perform numerous other jobs. I am a member of Team Washington through George Washington's Mount Vernon Education Department whose primary purpose is to educate teachers about George Washington. I've been the director for Colonial Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol for 14 years. This is my absolute favorite extra-curricular role as a teacher. I'm a fellow with Oklahoma A+ Schools and a teacher consultant with the Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic Education. I work with both organizations to offer professional development for teachers across the state. I've also written lessons for the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board. My plate is very full of rich, rewarding experiences!
Teaching Honors and Awards
- 2016 Regional SKIE Award Winner for the OU K20 Center
- 2016 Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Aerospace Education Advocacy Award Recipient
- 2016 Tinker Classroom Grant Recipient & OEIP Classroom Grant Recipient
- 2015 Daughters of the American Revolution Excellence in Community Service Award
- 2015 Fund for Teachers Grant Recipient
2014 Tinker Classroom Grant Recipient
2014 National Council for Geography Education Distinguished Teacher Award
2014 OERB/Harlan Krumme Memorial Energy Education Winner
2013 The Gilder Lehrman Oklahoma History Teacher of the Year
2012 Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Teaching Award
2010 Achieved National Board Certification
2010 Overall Winner of the Mount Vernon Teacher Institute Lesson Plan Contest
2010 Recipient of the National Geographic/Herff Jones Geography Award
2009 Selected by Mount Vernon to serve as a George Washington Teaching Ambassador for Oklahoma
2009 The Oklahoma Humanities Council Humanities in Education Award
2008 Moore Public Schools District Teacher of the Year
2007 Fisher Teacher of the Year
2006 Fund for Teachers Grant Recipient
1998 Putnam City Golden Apple Award
1998 Hilldale Elementary T-3 Award